Common Causes of Roof Leaks

We are experiencing some wet and windy weather lately and thought it might be useful for you to know what the most common causes of roof leaks are. If you have had some problems of late, or are worried that you may have some issues please call us for a free no obligation roof assessment
Call us on 1800 487 984 or click on the Contact Us tab above leave your details and we will contact you.

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Broken roof tiles
Roof tiles do not break by themselves, the most common reason for tiles breaking are as follows:

i) Previous work done on the roof by a tradesperson who didn’t replace a tile he broke while working up there.
ii) Branches from overhanging trees dropping on the roof.
iii) Children sometimes throw various objects on the roof which could lead to a tile being broken
iiii) In windy weather a ridgecap which is not secured can blow off onto another part of the roof and break tiles

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Ridge capping
The bedding and pointing over time gradually deteriorates, signs to look for are cracked pointing – water can make ingress through any cracks and potentially cause leaks

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Flashings
A common entry point for water can be an incorrectly installed flashings these are usually at the ends of roof or where an extension has been added, where your roof meets a vertical wall or where you have flues coming out from your roof. Also look for tears in flashings which obviously are an entry point for water.

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Valleys
Are the point where 2 sections of roof meet at the internal corner there is V shaped internal gutter that sits at this point. On older homes these are made of galv and after 20+ years start to rust. They also can block up with leaves also causing roof leaks

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Skylights
Leaks can occur around skylights due to faulty installation or leaf & debris build up around the skylight. Skylights do not have the same lifespan as the roof itself so will deteriorate and eventually need replacing when old and rusty.

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Gutters
Can cause leaks if they are blocked with leaves and debris, water then builds up in the gutter and flow back into the eaves also premature rusting of gutters can occur if they are blocked

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

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Are you fed up of getting on your roof throughout the year in order to clean blocked gutters. You can cut down on the amount of gutter maintenance that has to be done by installing gutter guards. Not only do gutter guards save you money and time, they have a whole host of other benefits. Here’s what you need to know.

What are Gutter Guards?
Gutter guards are fitted into your existing gutters in order to stop leaves and other debris from entering the gutter and potentially blocking the gutter, downpipes and even the stormwater drain.

Benefits of Gutter Guard
Gutter guards are of great benefit to your home for a number of reasons. Stop leaves and other debris from clogging up your gutters so that you don’t have to spend your precious time cleaning out the blockages or spend money on getting professionals out to do it for you.

Gutter guards stop your gutters from prematurely rusting due to moisture laden debris just sitting in them. This means that your gutters will last at least twice as long as they otherwise would.

Gutter guards also stop the blockages that see your gutters overflowing during times of heavy rain. This overflowing is dangerous as it can cause water to enter your home and cause damage or cause damage to your foundations. Overflowing gutters can also cause unsightly staining on the outside of your home.

Gutter guards can improve the flow of water through the gutters and downpipes as they stop them from blocking up. This is excellent if you have a rainwater tank as it means that your tank will refill more quickly when it rains. The water will also be cleaner as the gutter guard filters out debris and contaminants.

Gutter guards greatly reduce the amount of stagnant water that just sits in the gutter and because there is little to no stagnant water, it becomes much more difficult and unattractive for nasties to use the gutters as their breeding ground. Gutter guards are also a physical barrier to rodents, birds, and possums that can otherwise find their way into your roof space.

Gutter guards are also excellent protection in bushfire prone areas, especially if you get an aluminum gutter guard that are specifically rated for fire protection. Embers can travel a long way during a fire and if they get into dry material in the gutters, the material can ignite and the fire can spread quickly. Installing gutter guard means that there is no material to potentially catch alight.

So you can see the benefits are many. If your contemplating getting gutter guard please feel free to give us a call for a no obligation quote

What are the advantages of Roller Shutters?

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Roller shutters are popular among homeowners as they come with many advantages. Consumers have varied opinions on what they truly like about roller windows or doors, depending on why they are putting them on their homes in the first place.

For instance, you may find you will value the way exterior roller shutters can reduce heat coming inside your house. The shutters, made from either aluminium or steel, effectively stop the heat from hitting the glass and permeating your home’s interior. This not only creates a more comfortable living space for you and loved ones inside the home, but it also helps keep your furniture free from wear or discoloration from the sun’s intense radiation. Compared to internal blinds or curtains, external roller shutters are the best choice when it comes to heat reduction and affordability.

Security and peace of mind may be the pressing issue for you more than cost-effectiveness or light and heat control. You may at first consider the traditional bars and grills on your windows. However, there is a distinct disadvantage to these security measures as they lack the flexibility you need – you cannot roll them up or down and can be trapped in an emergency.

The good thing about roller shutters is that you can roll them up or down whenever you need to. This means you can get out of your house if there is a fire. Not only are rolling shutters flexible, they also provide the same level of visual and physical deterrence against burglars as grills and bars. These simple shutters could defend your home from forced entry without the danger of trapping people inside – a combination that most property owners are searching for.

There are other advantages that are enticing many home owners to install roller blinds. These are noise minimisation, improved energy efficiency, simplified window maintenance or cleaning, and versatile opening and locking mechanisms. So which benefit appeals to you the most? Get to know more about roller shutters through our next post, entitled: What is the best material for roller shutters?

Gutter Check – What to look out for?

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Gutters play a vital role in diverting the water from your roof. It’s important that you do an annual check on your gutters to ensure they are in good working order.

What to look out for when checking your gutters?

First off, take a walk around the perimeter of your home and follow the points raised below

Is there any evidence of rust on the outside of the gutters? Usually on gutters if they are rusting there will be rust spots on the outside.

If there is evidence of rust this is usually due to blocked gutters or the fall has been affected over time or a combination of the two. Another thing to check if you have an evap system check that the pipe expelling the water goes straight to the downpipe. If it is sitting in the gutter the water from the evap system can prematurely rust gutters

Is there any evidence of leaking at the joins?

Check your fascia boards (this is what your gutters are attached to) is there any evidence of water damage at the corners?

Check your downpipes is there any evidence of rust or leaks at the joins ie: elbows?

If you have answered yes to any of the above check to see if the gutters are blocked by carrying out a gutterline inspection. This will involve placing a ladder up against the gutter using a ladder safe to stop the ladder from slipping, ensuring the ladder is on flat stable ground. Have a look and see if the gutters are blocked with leaves or moss. If they are the gutters will need to be cleaned. If you are not comfortable cleaning the gutters yourself ensure you employ a gutter cleaning company to come and clean them. Also check if there is evidence of rust on the inside of the gutter.
If the gutters are clear but there is evidence of rust, water is sitting in the gutter or water damage to the eaves. It is likely the fall of the gutter has been affected over time this can be due to movement in the ground. In this event the only option would be to either put additional downpipes in the section where water is sitting or ultimately may require replacement.

Why not take advantage of Reliance Home Improvements FREE GUTTER CHECK call 1800 487984 to take advantage of this free check.